Scenes From Saturday's Pussy Riot Benefit at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton.
In today's 24-hour news cycle, stories — no matter their importance — can become flashes in the pan faster than you can hit the refresh button. But, in August, when three members of the punk rock collective Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism by the Russian government, people around the world were outraged to the point where people actually paid some attention to the matter.
Among the rightly still-concerned parties: Denton's Radical Alliance for Gender Equality and International Socialist Organization chapters, who, on Saturday night, organized a punk benefit show at Rubber Gloves Gloves Rehearsal Studios. The money raised from the $5 dollar admission and the art and merchandise on sale (which included everything from Free Pussy Riot patches and balaclavas) went toward the legal defense of the jailed punk rockers.
The lineup of Spectral The Pusher, Clit Busters (who formed specifically for the benefit show), Electric Vengeance, The Kremlings and DEEP Throat each put on compelling sets.
And, between sets, different members of R.A.G.E. and the I.S.O. made statements regarding Pussy Riot and the evening's intent. The sentiment shared by the speakers was a unified one — that, unlike their Russian counterparts who were jailed for their own “hooliganism,” Dentonites are incredibly fortunate to have a safe place like Rubber Gloves, where everyone can come together and be who they are, be it gay, straight, transgender, white, black, brown or, well, anything, really.
It was an inspiring evening. Even during DEEP Throat's set, which was filled with pure energy, chaos and sexual tension. But that was kind of the idea, actually.